1890s Victorian Belle Epoque Cut Velvet Evening Jacket with Ostrich Feather Collar & French Jet Beaded Sleeves
Gothic, dramatic, exotic and vampy, with a touch of "Penny Dreadful," this rare Victorian evening jacket is nothing short of exquisite!
Fashioned in the richest blue-black silk velvet, this over-the-top piece features a cut velvet body with cinched waist, full hips, single vent and a high standing collar. Velvet has a floral and striped pattern throughout. Collar is trimmed in wispy black ostrich feathers.
Jacket has high puff sleeves made in silk velvet that is almost navy in color. Sleeves are covered in faceted marquise shaped French Jet beads.
Made and purchased in France, this jacket fastens up the front with hook and eyes and is fully lined in black silk.
Though this piece does not have a maker's label, it looks as though it could easily be attributed to famed French designers Jacques Doucet, Emile Pingat or even House of Worth.
It is very wearable with care and would make a wonderful collector's piece.
Total Length: 30"
Label: None, possibly removed
Condition: Very Good
Jacket shows overall light signs of wear. There are a number of small rub marks in the cut velvet; particularly near or on the edges and on the back of the neck. The velvet has worn off on the creases in the puff portion of the sleeves (See photos). One of the front hook closures has fallen into the lining. Sleeve is missing one French jet bead near cuff and also has 2 stains near the shoulder, which we have not attempted to clean. There is one tear in the lining near the neck and some of the ostrich feathers have broken over time.
Jacket is in remarkable condition considering the age of the piece and is truly spectacular and awe-inspiring in person. Despite the flaws, it is structurally sound and very wearable with care. None of the flaws detract. Priced accordingly.
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